Many other states arrogate Belarusian history to themselves, said Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on January 20.
Mr Makei noted that Belarusians should make sure that their history is objective and people see Belarus is a country with great long-lasting traditions.
Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
Many other states arrogate our history, the history of Belarus, to themselves. I believe that it is absolutely wrong when Ignacy Domeyko in Chile and Tadeusz Kosciuszko in the United States are perceived as representatives of their respective countries. We just have to make sure that Belarusian history is written objectively. So that others see that the roots of the Belarusian state go back into distant past and we have much to be proud of.
A memorial plaque was unveiled on January 20 in Minsk, exactly where the first foreign ministry of Belarus was located in 1919. Back then, diplomats were engaged not only in foreign, but also in external economic issues. Now this building houses the Swedish Embassy in Belarus.